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Demands for Tibet’s cultural adaptation

Beijing wants to speed up Tibet’s cultural assimilation into China. On the 70th anniversary of China’s invasion of Tibet, Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, said efforts were needed at every level to ensure that all Tibetans could speak and write standard Chinese and share cultural symbols and images with the Chinese nation.

State media report that Wang spoke to a select audience at the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the former seat of the Dalai Lama, who remains in exile. In the version of Chinese leadership, the inhabitants of Tibet were peacefully liberated from the oppression of theocracy. However, the international community accuses the Chinese leadership of suppressing Buddhist culture. niw

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